Thursday, June 30, 2011

June (Mid Year) Reading Wrap Up

My poor reading results of May, carried into June. I have to attribute this to inability to focus for long periods of time,  mostly because I did not want to be inside with this nice weather we've been enjoying, and reading in the sun makes me sleepy....enough excuses, or do I need a few more?

I read (8) books, but only reviewed (6).

  1. Emily, Alone; Stewart O'Nan - 4/5 (audio)
  2. The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary; Andrew Westoll - 5/5 (review) 
  3. A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion; Ron Hansen - 5/5 (review)
  4. The Uncoupling; Meg Wolitzer - 3/5 (audio)
  5. The Heart Specialist; Claire Holden Rothman - 4/5 (review)
  6. Dimanche and Other Stories; Irene Nemirovsky - 4.5/5 (audio) 
(Wise Blood; Flannery O'Conner, and Break the Skin; Lee Martin, are (2) more I finished, but I don't count them until I've reviewed them [my own self-imposed rule...LOL]

  • Favorite  Fiction Book - A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion; Ron Hansen - 5/5
  • Favorite  Childrens Book - n/a
  • Favorite Audio Book -Dimanche and Other Stories; Nemirovsky (4.5/5) 
  • New authors -   4/6 -  YTD - 43/63
  • Review Books - 3/6 - YTD - 26/63
  • 5 star books - 2/6 -     YTD - 17/63
  • 4 star books - 3/6 -     YTD - 39/63
  • 3 star books - 1/6 -     YTD - 5/63
  • 2 star books - 0/6-      YTD - 2/63
~~~~~ Challenge Progress ~~~~~
  • 100+ Reading Challenge - 63/100
  • Reading From My Shelves Project - 30/50
  • Audio Book Challenge - 16/20
  • eBook Challenge - 5/20
July Reading Plans 
I'm hoping to read a few review books that seemed perfect for summer: My New American Life; Prose,  State of Wonder, Ann Patchett, Sister, Lupton, and  Maine; J C. Sullivan.

Even though my stats are way behind those of 2010, I'm okay with my progress thus far. I've read many books, I've enjoyed, I'm well on my my to completing all but (1) of the challenges I signed up for, with the exception of the eReader Challenge. I have joined Net Galley recently, now that books can be downloaded to my Kindle (although the format is a bit's still all good).

Enjoy your holiday weekend, if you are celebrating the 4th of July. I have a 4-day weekend so I am thrilled.

 Hope you had a great month in books, are you pleased with your mid-year progress?


  1. My reading picked back up in June, but I've read fewer books this year. I'm okay with that, though.

  2. Some read are better than none at all.
    Happy July reading!

  3. I think 8 books is great for a month. And you read some good ones too!
    Happy Reading!

  4. It's hard to focus indoor when the weather is nice isn't it? I'm glad to see you are 63 / 100 on the 100 books challenge, what a challenge!! All the very best.


  5. It's hard to focus indoor when the weather is nice isn't it? I'm glad to see you are 63 / 100 on the 100 books challenge, what a challenge!! All the very best.


  6. I enjoy reading in the summer, when it is too hot to be outdoors. I think that may was a better reading month than June. I begin July by picking out a book from my book shelves - 'Victoriian Fairy Tales'. I think that I should reread it as I cannot remember what tales are there and it is many years since I opened it.

    Enjoy 4th July!

  7. It looks like you read a lot to me, but it's all relative right?

    I haven't read O'Nan but need to read something written by him. Authors recommend his books all the time.

    I need to post a mid-year, maybe today.

    Have a wonderful holiday Diane!

  8. HeeHee, you read seven more than I did!

  9. I read more in the summer because my stamina and energy go way down when it's hot and humid because of my COPD. So far we've only had a few of those days, though, so I've been doing yard work. I've also spent an inordinate amount of time sitting in my office, staring at my awful mess here, and wondering where to start cleaning up. :D

  10. Happy 4th, Diane! I hope to get lots and lots of reading done by the pool this weekend.

  11. I'm pleased with my progress so far. But I'm making terrible progress on my challenges. I'm considering making one month challenge month and try to read just books for my various challenges!
    Have a great long weekend!

  12. I've had a slow reading year as well. There's just too much going on! :)

  13. What you call not many books is my average! I barely read at all in June. The outside world was too much with me. :<)

  14. I think you've done very well. I won't share my pitiful stats. :)

  15. I pass out every once in a while too while reading out on the front porch!! I just finished a wonky netGalley formatted book on my had numbers throughout the story..after a while my mind just blew past them!! :D

    Great job on the year and with your challenges!

  16. I can't wait to hear what you think of State of Wonder! I had a better June than May, but not as good still. It's the weather, I swear!

  17. I love your excuses, although you don't need them. Reading is only fun when you want to read, not because you need to read. And I personally think your stats are great.
    Enjoy your long weekend!!

  18. LOL - you & I have both read exactly 63 books so far this year. What are the odds? I need to get mine a bit better organized though.

    Thanks for the recommendation of A Wild Surge of Guilty Pleasure - looks great & I look forward to reading it.

  19. I love to read outside sitting in
    the sun! I am a bit behind the pace that I set last year, but that is okay! Have a happy reading July.

  20. 8 books in a month sounds good to me - and it's not quantity, but quality that's really important.

    Enjoy your Independence Day celebrations.


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